A Michael Sissons, que ha sido agente, consejero y amigo excepcional durante treinta aos. Introduccin ste es, sobre todo, un libro de experiencias humanas. Hombres y mujeres de un buen nmero de naciones se han afanado por buscar palabras con las que describir lo que les ocurri durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, experiencias que iban muchsimo ms all de cuantas hubiesen podido vivir hasta entonces. Muchos recurrieron al tpico de compararlo con un infierno, y dado que este lugar comn es frecuente al hablar de batallas, incursiones areas, matanzas y hundimientos, existe el riesgo de que las generaciones posteriores se sientan tentadas a encogerse de hombros por considerarlo un smil trivial.

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Start your review of Se desataron todos los infiernos. Historia de la Segunda Guerra Mundial Write a review Shelves: history , world-war-ii When my daughter Emilia was just starting to move around, Id bring her into my office and let her crawl around while I worked. And by work, I mean play spider solitaire obsessively on the computer.

That was a certain, magical age, in which Emilia was satisfied by simply holding a softball in her hands, or playing with a camera that hadnt worked in years. I got a lot of work spider solitaire playing done in those days. One of the more memorable images I captured depicts Millie standing up and gripping a chair for support. Behind her is a bookshelf. On those books are swastikas. A lot of swastikas. It looked like my daughter was taking her first steps…down the road to being a neo-Nazi.

They dominate almost an entire bookcase. There are books on the Auschwitz, the air war, and the Battle of the Bulge. There are books on Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, and the Bomb. Some would say too much. My wife would definitely say too much. My therapist would concur. But I have never, until now, actually read a single-volume overview of the entire colossal conflict. It occurred to me, recently, that my approach to studying World War II has been rather ad hoc and unsystematic.

Choosing Inferno was a no-brainer. Max Hastings is a widely-respected historian who has written two exceptional volumes — Armageddon and Retribution — covering the endgames in both the European and Pacific Theaters of Operation. He is known for being a bit of a contrarian, for going against the grain. His judgments are sharp. Obviously, there is far too much happening in World War II to fully cover in one book or a hundred, really. Depth is necessarily sacrificed for scope.

The best thing that a one-volume history can do — and Hastings accomplishes this — is to show how all the different theaters connected like a web. How manpower needs over here, effected the campaigns over there. The great and decisive contrast occurs at this macro juncture. The Allies — chiefly the U. They planned and plotted their moves. They did not always agree often, indeed, they disagreed vehemently , but they attempted coordination. The Axis — chiefly Germany, Italy, and Japan — acted just the opposite.

They never did anything in concert. Italy went off on her own misadventures, requiring German intervention and rescue. Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and Germany leapt into the war with America, without ever assuring Japanese assistance in Manchuria. You can get a chronology from any internet timeline. There is not enough room for any serious tactical discussion of any part of any battle, save its ultimate strategic consequences.

Frankly, I was fine with this. The extraordinary quality of Inferno comes from the thematic chapters that intersperse the chronological narrative, and the tone which he brings to the endeavor.

There are sections on the war at sea, the war in the air, the Holocaust, and a blisteringly good chapter that covers what it meant to live with the war, for soldiers at the front, and civilians on the home front. He best fulfills this purpose in these thematic chapters. The women kept absolutely still, they said nothing and their faces were as empty of expression as graven images.

They might have been selling fish, except that this place lacked the excitement of a fish market. A perfunctory jogging of the haunches began and came quickly to an end. A moment later he was on his feet and buttoning up again. It had been something to get over as soon as possible.

He might have been submitting to a field punishment rather than the act of love. The virtues of war — courage, brotherhood, sacrifice, the kinetic action — overwhelm the near-infinite vices of war, especially on film, where those things translate so much better than suffering and despair.

Historians cling, understandably, to the tales of nobility and bravery especially if the author has interviewed the participants personally.

Many WWII books are almost paeans to warriors and their craft. War is suffering, and as Sherman once noted, you cannot refine it. Sixty million people died in the war, working out to an average of 27, people per day from September to August That is calamity on a grand scale. Titanic battles and air-dropped firestorms and the Holocaust. It is starvation. It is displacement. It is lost treasure and wealth.

It is rape. It is shattered families, bodies, psyches. When I read history, I generally have a neutral emotional reaction. There is, after all, the anesthetizing effect of the passage of time. Inferno broke through that. Hastings is pretty good at bucking conventional wisdom. In a couple matters, however, he is as mainstream as every other modern WWII scribbler.

First, he is constantly on about how much better the German generals were than the Allied generals, and how the Wehrmacht was the far superior fighting force.

The closest he can muster is to say that Eisenhower was a good politician. The Anglo-American soldiers, meanwhile, are mostly risk averse minor leaguers. History is a pendulum, and the immediate postwar glorification of the Allies has swung back the other way. It has swung too far. Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton, et. Their soldiers, in the battles after D-Day, consistently thumped the Wehrmacht in conflicts that equaled those in the East.

The logistical and material advantages of the Allies, which Hastings blithely treats as a trick of fortune, was in reality a monumental martial achievement. The other thing that got tiresome is the constant reminder that Russia won the war.

Russia, Russia, Russia. I find this doubtful. Agreeing or disagreeing with Hastings, however, is not the point. The point is, his writing starts this dialogue in your head. He has strong opinions and an air of absolute certainty that is both infuriating and endearing. A book on World War II has a higher likelihood of pedestrianism than a book on any other historical topic. He always makes you think, ponder, and reframe.


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